This week in Winning Post

After the thrills and spills of Magic Millions last Saturday it is back to regular racing fare this weekend.

There is even a day off racing in Victoria with that state running a nine week trial of race free Monday's. This Monday the jockeys are donning the whites (and orange) for the annual National Jockey's Trust cricket match. Richo caught up with Brenton Avdulla (pictured) to preview the game. Avdulla, a more than handy cricketer in his youth has been quite revealing (and amusing) in his assessment of his team mates and opponents in this week's Winning Post. He also delves into the highs and lows of his career. His story is part of plenty of great reading in this edition.

On the track, metropolitan racing in Melbourne and Sydney is at Flemington and Randwick.

We will have five start form, speed maps, overviews, comments and full tipster's grid for both meetings.

Racing returns to Morphettville Parks and Doomben in Adelaide and Brisbane. Again we'll have all the form to help you find a winner.

For Victorian readers, Saturday is the time-honoured Camperdown Cup. We'll have a lift out form guide to help you find a winner at this iconic meeting.

In New South Wales it is Cowra Cup day on Sunday. Cowra is one of four full form guides we'll have for the day's racing.

Our form coverage kicks off on Friday with full form guides for the Cranbourne and Canterbiury night meetings plus Ararat during the day, as well as fields, colours and selections for Ballina, Canberra and Toowoomba.

Winning Post also carries full-colour liftout guides for the Saturday meetings at Ascot, Newcastle (NSW edition) and Gold Coast (Queensland edition), as well as fields, tips, ratings and/or colours for other TAB Saturday cards.

Don't forget Winning Post now carries trackwork reports for all four Melbourne training tracks, all three in Sydney, Morphettville in Adelaide and a general Brisbane report.

Away from the form, we've got news columns from Queensland, NSW, six Victorian districts, SA and Tasmania.

Our readers have their say on page 4, while further back in the book Shane Templeton reminisces, Matt Stewart regales us, Paul Richards presents his unique take on the sport, Tony Kneebone brings you his Snippets column and Number Cruncher delivers the stats that matter.

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Inside Winning Post January 20 edition you'll find liftout form guides for:
Should money won in restricted entry races (eg Magic Millions, Everest) be included in Leading Sires tables?
Eye Catchers
Each week Paul Richards identifies horses from recent race meetings that he believes are ready to win. Here we update you when they are about to have their next start.
Royal Randwick Saturday - R4 N5 Medaille
Flemington Saturday - R5 N6 Krusty
Letter of the Week

A bit rich

I’m finding it hard to reconcile the fact that Snitzel, the sire of Everest winner Redzel, is allowed to have the prizemoney from the race added to his tally in the Sires’ Championship (table).
Surely The Everest, like the Magic Millions and the Inglis races, must be classed as a restricted race as entry is retricted to horses owned or borrowed by the selective group of rich people who provided the sweepstake for the race by purchasing a place in the race.
As a result, the Everest is restricted to only the 12 horses these people choose and therefore is not a race open to all.
Indeed, it is more of a glorified Match Race, although we usually think of match races as being races between two horses, where a group of rich people have paid a large amount to participate and where the winner takes the majority of the stakes.


Tom Brown
Bogan Gate
Today's Racing
Friday 19 January
Saturday 20 January
Sunday 21 January
Social Networking

Paul Richards introduces a fun formula each week designed to come up with the odd winner for those looking for a small interest or to see if systems really work. On this page he subjects Saturday's fields to one of those systems: